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reti856

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Posted: 06 Jul 2011, 09:27
I generally skip butter/oil entirely because heavy fats, especially dairy fats, irritate the heck out of my collagenous colitis and amp up my cholesterol (We get lots of contrarians that tell me those sensitivities are horsecrap, but I tend to stick with my actual gut, GI docs, PCP and nutritionist on this).

A lot of the time I cook without anything greasing my pan. If I'm cooking for others along with myself or am having a treat like a grilled (rice, almond or soy) cheese I use Earth Balance Olive Oil Spread, Olive Oil Pam or (if I'm ambitious) a Misto sprayer with olive or coconut oil in it. You need very little of the spray to coat your pan and provide a hint of flavor - and it comes without the propellant garbage found in Pam.
nolechick

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Posted: 06 Jul 2011, 11:30
Just a note about "olive oil" spreads (and other products like mayo), they are generally made from mostly highly processed vegetable/seed oils then add olive oil to "claim" the name. I read the labels of the products I "thought" were healthier because they claimed "made with olive oil". It's really just a marketing ploy for their products to look heathier. We take in way to many heat processed omega 6 oils as a society (vegetable/seed oils) and it is proving to inflame our bodies and be suspect in our nation's heart health. Also a note about oils that "Contains Omega 3's!" like canola... over medium heat that beneficial fatty acid is destroyed. There's a lot to learn on this subject, and science is finally uncovering the truth about fats. I avoid processed oils and spreads like the plague.
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reti856

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Posted: 06 Jul 2011, 11:38
I hear you nolechick (hence my aversion to using butter/oils/spreads, period), but I'm aware that what I'm getting of those spreads is a "hint" of olive oil - which I like for a gentle flavor and buttery quality. When I want full olive oil flavor, I use full olive oil when cooking. I don't think Earth Balance or any spread is perfect. I don't find butter perfect either unless I want to spend the day in the bathroom. Here's the Earth Balance ingredient list, which doesn't have anything that startling in it - after all, it's still a processed food:
Expeller-pressed natural oil blend (soybean, palm fruit and extra virgin olive oils), water, contains 2% or less sea salt, soy protein, natural flavor (derived from corn: no msg, no alcohol, no gluten), soybean lecithin, lactic acid (non-dairy, derived from sugar beets) and annatto extract color.

BTW, I always love when "natural flavor" appears on labels.Laughing
nolechick

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Posted: 06 Jul 2011, 13:31
Exactly. Disclosure is not high on manufacturer's lists. Wink

For some, it's not really a matter of which is more "healthy", but rather which one has less of a negative impact overall. Butter, unless organic, can have junk in it throught the cow's diet. Sad we have to pay premium prices for a good product too. Though your situation is unique, there were others in the thread advocating the use of olive oil spreads assuming they were more than just a regular spread. I had already looked up the ingredient list for EB before I posted since I've never seen it here and found it to be pretty much standard fare for the lot. My message is for all of us to beware of marketng claims of "health". Most corporations put profit before everything else every time. Apparently, it works to mislead the public.
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lisakp71

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Posted: 06 Jul 2011, 13:47
Yeah, if you're going to do it, DO it. And enjoy the hell out of it.

BUT, if you insist, mayo also works well - a super super thin coat. I'm thinking about trying spicy mayo (I mix in a few glugs of green Tabasco to use in my wraps) next time I make a grilled sammich. I don't know if it would even be enough to add flavor, but I'm willing to do the research. I'm science-y like that.
reti856

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Posted: 07 Jul 2011, 08:01
nolechick wrote:
which one has less of a negative impact overall.


this seems to happen a lot. i find i veer into this least-crappy-foodstuff direction when i am fighting a low budget and/or a horribly limiting schedule.

and oh my god, lisakp71, mayo - especially farmer's market mayo - IS a ridiculously indulgent and yummy treat on a real grilled cheese sandwich. im going to be fantasizing about this all day. stupid genetics and "unique" digestive and systemic challenges! maybe ill eat one of these next month as a treat with a side of 16 oz. pepto bismol. Bad Grin
lisakp71

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Posted: 08 Jul 2011, 22:15
Oh man - bless your heart, ginnyray! Just open the bottle and plop a straw in it, then have at that grilled cheese.
russellb97

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Posted: 10 Jul 2011, 00:31
I have the best option.
Expelled pressed Coconut Oil with a drop of imitation butter. Mix it in, the C-Oil is a solid at room temperature. It's perfect!

Makes outstanding grilled cheese or on top of pancakes!
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drollns

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Posted: 16 Jul 2011, 07:59
Why don't you just have cheese toast. Just bread and cheese in the toaster oven.
WV755

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Posted: 17 Jul 2011, 21:04
I use just the WalMart Butter spray with FF cheese. Not great tasting but worked. Doing WW points.
donnab55

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Posted: 19 Jul 2011, 07:46
I use 2 slices whole wheat bread, 1 tbs of Promise buttery spread and 1 slice of fat free american cheese....tastes great!
rlsedlak

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Posted: 19 Jul 2011, 14:50
I make lowfat grilled cheese quite often. I use the spray butter to coat the outsides - just a little - it gives a touch of flavor and helps crisp the bread. sara lee delightful multi-grain bread and 1 slice kraft fat free cheddar make it less than 150 calories. I understand the "butter is better" concept, but sometimes its just "calories in - calories out" for me!



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